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Wilhelm Burger Photographs (19)
Folding Case, Imprint and Examples
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This is a set of 19 photographs mounted/tipped to cards. The cards measure 4 1/3 x 6 1/2 in (11.1 x 16.5 cm) and are on thick stock with gilt edges. Each card bears the "W. Burger - K.K. Hofphotograph" imprint with the address "Wein, I Stadt. AM HOF No. 3." On many of the cards a number can be seen at the edge of the photograph immediately above the address. All the cards are titled "Jagd-Caroussel 1880." Additionally, the numerous images on the card have titles. I believe this is a set of photographs relating to hunting or a specific hunt. Various costumes, traditions, individuals associated with a hunt, modes of transportation and perhaps named people are presented. The cards are contained in a folding case with the title "Carroussel 1880" in gilt on the front cover. I believe the photographs were made using the collodion printing out paper process.
This series is discussed in Wilhelm Burger, Ein Welt-und Forschungsreisender mit der Kamera, 1844-1920, at pages 42-43, see below.
Wilhelm Burger, Ein Welt-und Forschungsreisender mit der Kamera, 1844-1920, Wien and Munchen, Christian Brandstatter, German language, 1984, 4to, hardbound, dust jacket, 229 illustrations black and white duotone (halftone), 192 pp. Pages 44-177 contain plates reproducing W. Burger's photographs. Each plate contains one or more images and descriptive titles in German. The book contains 57 plates (pages 88-144) showing 64 different images taken by Burger while he was in Japan. The book contains numerous halftone text illustrations. Included in this book is the famous "Hinrichtungsplatz in Jedo" image showing the severed head of a criminal placed on public display. The book is an excellent resource for Burger's style of photography and composition of images. Burger arrived in Japan in September of 1869 with the Austria-Hungary diplomatic mission and stayed until March 1870 when he returned to Austria. During this short period he created a excellent portfolio of Japanese images. This book also contains images Burger took on the expedition prior to arrival in Japan as well as after. These are numerous images of Siam (Thailand) and China (including Hong Kong) and Vietnam as well as other examples of Burger's work. Wilhelm Berger was a noted official "Expedition Photographer." The major expeditions traced in this book are the K.K. Mission Ostasien (Sept 1868-Mar 1870) which included stops in Gibraltar (Nov 1868), Singapore/Borneo (Apr 1869), Siam (April-May 1869), Vietnam (May 1869), China (Jun-Sep 1869), Japan (Nagasaki, Yokohama, Osaka, Kamakura, Tokio - 27 Sep 1869-Mar 1870) the Austro-Hungarian North Pole Expedition (Jun 1872-1874) and archaeological expeditions to Samothrace (1876) and Asia Minor (1881). Rosenberg notes that Burger produced a series of "Stereophotographhien" on his return to Europe from the Asian expedition (page 30). ISBN 3-85447-107-6.